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Job Description

The role of a Customs Officer is to help prevent illegal or dangerous goods being imported into the country such as firearms, drugs, alcohol, tobacco and endangered species. They will search baggage and individuals for smuggled items and make arrests if necessary.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually work your way up by starting as:

  • an administrative assistant, for which you'll need 2 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
  • an assistant officer, for which you'll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths

To start as an officer, you’ll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths
  • A levels (or equivalent)

If you don’t have the qualifications, you may be able to take a test to prove your skills and abilities in areas like teamwork and communication.

You'll also need to meet the Civil Service nationality requirements.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could move up within the civil service grade structure, but you may need to relocate to progress to higher grades.Related careers

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  • Civil Service administrative officer
  • Civil service executive officer
  • Dog handler
  • Immigration officer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

The ability to listen and ask questions, able to keep calm under pressure, assertive but tactful, excellent communication skills, confident in decision making.

Starting Salary

£16,000 to £26,000

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